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Letter from Mrs. Hutton

posted Apr 13, 2015, 10:46 AM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Apr 13, 2015, 10:47 AM ]

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

Dear Center School Families,

When we began the Read to Feed project, our hopes were high that our students would  participate in the program, read, and  learn how they might make a difference to end hunger and care for the earth, as Heifer International  beautifully  articulates in their mission statement. 

Before the program began, the students met Liz Woolsey, a representative and field worker from Heifer International, and heard about the organization’s story and their vision.   They understood the approach of providing livestock and training to help people help themselves out of poverty and devastation with “not a cup, but a cow”.  

We are profoundly proud of our Center School Cardinals. The students surpassed our expectations with a total of 219,851 reading minutes and $10,260 in donations!!!  Our students’ gifts to themselves are awe- inspiring reading minutes as they in turn help hungry families around the world with a gift of hope. 

On Thursday we will celebrate Center School’s accomplishments.  Heifer International is so impressed with the accomplishments of our school that they are sending someone to attend our assembly along with Liz Woolsey.  To show the students their appreciation, they will also be here all day with baby animals from the Rutland Farm.  Heifer will dedicate a blog on their website to Center School as well. 

At the all school assembly, the students will have a fun moment. When they were approaching their reading goal, I challenged them to exceed the goal and I would do something funny and a little embarrassing at the assembly. So because our students  met the challenge, Snuggy, a handsome tegu lizard from Forest Park Zoo, will join us; and I will receive a great big kiss from him. I’ve been told he’s quite friendly, so stay tuned!

We are  a special community with a collective vision for our students. The Helping Hands effort continues to thrive with your generous donations and our students’ monthly participation. The Read to Feed project set a precedent that will be hard to match in the coming years… All wonderful efforts that teach our children the importance of empathy, generosity, and caring beyond their community. 

I extend a heartfelt and important  “thank-you” to Valerie Fritz, our reading specialist, and Karen Rafferty, our Literacy Coach, who coordinated the Read to Feed program. The program happened because of their efforts and because of their passion for literacy.  Also, my appreciation to the entire school community-teachers, parents, students…thank-you for your collective generous spirit!  

Remember when we chose the Cardinal for our mascot we said that cardinals’ bright red feathers and cheerful song call attention to it wherever it goes. If you see a cardinal, it may be telling you to stand up, lift your head high, and take pride in yourself.  Center School Cardinals ... you should feel enormous pride in your accomplishments!


With pride and gratitude,

Donna Hutton, Principal